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Stupid Things Done While Flying In Your Flight Simulator

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    Stupid Things Done While Flying In Your Flight Simulator

    Like shutting down a perfectly good starboard engine while on short final while using the mouse to select Flaps 40. I initiated a go-around, flew a standard circuit, landing safely then taxied to the gate on the port engine without any difficulty.

    I set myself the challenge of flying from both the right seat and left seat, depending on the phase of flight as PM Pilot Monitoring, or PF Pilot Flying, just to shake things up a bit, but got caught out when occupying the right seat. Luckily I had recently watched a YouTube clip by Flight Deck to Sim, a B737 Pilot who posts instructional videos on how to fly a B737, using his companies operational procedures. The video dealt with an engine out procedure at take off, so I applied the lessons learned, set the flaps to 15 and trimmed out the adverse yaw, using rudder trim and managed to have an uneventful landing as mentioned.

    Losing an engine on approach seems like a rare event. I haven't heard of any, so I wasn't certain if a go-around was warranted or whether I should have continued with the approach as planned.
    Frank Gollner

    Oh, I've done....WEL....this....
    Captain Kevin

    Kevin Yang


      AirForceProud95, would be well proud of you Kev!
      Frank Gollner


        Originally posted by CaptainKramerII View Post
        Losing an engine on approach seems like a rare event. I haven't heard of any, so I wasn't certain if a go-around was warranted or whether I should have continued with the approach as planned.
        An engine can fail at any time including on an approach, although admittedly they are relatively rare these days. For example, fuel starvation due to water/ice in the fuel have led to accidents in the past when the engines have run down.

        The decision to go around or continue to land will very much depend on why the engine(s) has failed and where it happened on the approach, as well as the actual weather conditions at the time.

        The first priority is to control the aircraft and then ask yourself what is the safest thing to do. You will need to communicate your intentions with your FS2Crew Co-pilot and ATC, if applicable. If you are visual and have sufficient time to complete the necessary QRH checks and land safely with the aircraft under proper control then go ahead and do so. But if you are still in cloud and at a relatively low altitude it will usually be much safer to resist the natural temptation to press on regardless by flying a go-around instead. Unless the engine and aircraft is on fire, this will give you time to sort the problem out before returning for another approach, or perhaps even having to divert to a more suitable airfield.

        Every case will be different and as in the example I mentioned above, sometimes you might be left with very little choice in the matter.
        Michael Codd


          Thanks Michael for your insightful response as to what should be considered in such a scenario. I cheated and simply paused the game before deciding on a Go-Around. Your example of fuel starvation reminded me of flight BA 38, a B772ER that crash landed at LHR.
          Last edited by CaptainKramerII; 24Mar2020, 00:48.
          Frank Gollner


            I wish I could remember when it happened, but Moosestaffa (a twitch streamer) managed to shutdown both engines mid-flight on his Mad Dog MD-80 on stream one night over the mountains of southern Colorado. I can't remember what airport he managed to make it into, but after landing, he sheepishly restarted his engines and took off to rejoin the rest of us in the group flight. Thankfully even though this was on VATSIM, there was no Denver Center at the time to make the embarrassment worse.

            I won't even start getting into the stupid stuff I did over the years....thankfully, most of the screenshots have been deleted since then.


              CAPFlyer your story reminds me of a hillarious, Youtube clip, posted by Matt Davies aka, Belenz, that was very similar to the one you described, but this was at take off in a Dash 8 Q400. While using the mouse to slide the Condition levers from take off power back to Climb power, he dragged the levers all the way to the Fuel Cut Off position! It didn't end well.
              Frank Gollner